The Big Book of SF • 2016 • SF Anthology by Ann and Jeff Vandermeer

I always thought I’d complete reading and reviewing this anthology’s stories before posting this list. But I’ve noted, that my last entry is good while back and I won’t finish this any time soon. At the same time, there’s a group read around with reviews at Classics of SF, and James already asked for it. So, here it is:   

97 SF stories, 1200 pages, 750.000 words, stories from 1897 up to 2002, some completely new, some newly translated. Promising, huh?

Contents (alphabetically):

  1. 1 • ★★+☆☆☆ • The Star • (1897) • apocalyptic short story by H. G. Wells • review
  2. 9 • Sultana’s Dream • (1905) • short story by Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain
  3. 17 • The Triumph of Mechanics • short story by Karl Hans Strobl (trans. of Der Triumph der Mechanik 1907)
  4. 25 • The New Overworld • short story by Paul Scheerbart (trans. of Die neue Oberwelt. Eine Venus-Novellette 1912)
  5. 30 • Elements of Pataphysics • short story by Alfred Jarry (trans. of Éléments de pataphysique 1911)
  6. 37 • Mechanopolis • short story by Miguel de Unamuno (trans. of Mecanópolis 1913)
  7. 41 • The Doom of Principal City • short story by Yefim Zozulya
  8. 53 • The Comet • (1920) • short story by W. E. B. Du Bois
  9. 62 • The Fate of the Poseidonia • (1927) • short story by Clare Winger Harris
  10. 76 • The Star Stealers • [Interstellar Patrol • 2] • (1965) • novelette by Edmond Hamilton (variant of The Star-Stealers 1929)
  11. 98 • The Conquest of Gola • (1931) • short story by Leslie F. Stone
  12. 108 • ★★★+☆☆ • A Martian Odyssey • 1934 • novelette by Stanley G. Weinbaum • review
  13. 124 • ★★☆☆☆ • The Last Poet and the Robots • 1934 • short story by A. Merritt • review
  14. 133 • ★★+☆☆☆ • The Microscopic Giants • 1936 • Pulp short story by Paul Ernst – hollow Earth • review
  15. 144 • ★★★★★ • Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius • 1940 • Magical realism short story about a fictious encycplaedia entry by Jorge Luis Borges • review
  16. 156 • ★★★+☆☆ • Desertion • 1944 • short story by Clifford D. Simak about exploring alien lifeforms on Jupiter • review
  17. 164 • ★★★+☆☆ • September 2005: The Martian • 1949 • magical realism short story on Old Mars by Ray Bradbury • review
  18. 173 • ★★★☆☆ • Baby HP • 1952 • short story by Juan José Arreola featuring a product description of a gadget which transforms human excess energy to electricity.
  19. 176 • ★★★★☆ • Surface Tension • 1952 • novelette by James Blish on genetically changed, microscopic humans rediscovering technology on a water planet • review
  20. 215 • ★★★☆☆ • Beyond Lies the Wub • 1952 • short story by Philip K. Dick about a telepathic pig about to be eaten by a space ship crew • review
  21. 221 • ★★☆☆☆ • The Snowball Effect • 1952 • short story by Katherine MacLean, a sociological satire on applying exponential growth on sewing circles • review
  22. 230 • Prott • (1953) • short story by Margaret St. Clair
  23. 240 • The Liberation of Earth • (1953) • short story by William Tenn
  24. 252 • Let Me Live in a House • (1954) • novelette by Chad Oliver
  25. 270 • ★★★☆☆ • The Star • 1955 • Religious SF short story by Arthur C. Clarke • a Jesuit in space finds the remainders of a civilization destroyed by a supernova • review
  26. 275 • Grandpa • [The Hub] • (1955) • novelette by James H. Schmitz
  27. 290 • ★★★☆☆ • The Game of Rat and Dragon • 1955 • Space Opera short story by Cordwainer Smith • intelligent cats help humans fighting aliens in space • review
  28. 300 • The Last Question • [Multivac] • is (1956) • short story by Isaac Asimov
  29. 309 • Stranger Station • (1956) • novelette by Damon Knight
  30. 325 • Sector General • [Sector General] • (1957) • novelette by James White
  31. 354 • The Visitors • short story by Boris Strugatsky and Arkady Strugatsky
  32. 365 • Pelt • (1958) • short story by Carol Emshwiller
  33. 373 • The Monster • (1965) • short story by Gérard Klein (trans. of Le monstre 1958)
  34. 382 • The Man Who Lost the Sea • (1959) • short story by Theodore Sturgeon
  35. 390 • The Waves • short story by Silvina Ocampo (trans. of Las ondas 1959)
  36. 395 • Plenitude • (1959) • short story by Will Mohler
  37. 403 • ★★★★★ • The Voices of Time • 1960 • Dystopian novelette by J. G. Ballard • entropy everywhere, people fall asleep, time is running out • review
  38. 424 • The Astronaut • short story by Valentina Zhuravlyova
  39. 436 • The Squid Chooses Its Own Ink • short story by Adolfo Bioy Casares (trans. of El calamar opta por su tinta 1962)
  40. 446 • ★★★★☆ • 2 B R 0 2 B • 1962 • dystopian short story by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. • review
  41. 452 • A Modest Genius • (1973) • short story by Vadim Shefner 
  42. 462 • Day of Wrath • novelette by Sever Gansovsky 
  43. 478 • The Hands • (1965) • short story by John Baxter
  44. 484 • Darkness • (1972) • short story by André Carneiro (trans. of A Escuridão 1963)
  45. 491 • ★★★★★ • “Repent, Harlequin!” Said the Ticktockman • 1965 • dystopian short story by Harlan Ellison • review
  46. 500 • Nine Hundred Grandmothers • (1966) • short story by R. A. Lafferty
  47. 508 • ★★★★★ • Day Million • 1966 • Post-humanity short story by Frederik Pohl • a love story between a cyborg and a transgender • review
  48. 514 • Student Body • (1953) • novelette by F. L. Wallace
  49. 527 • ★★★★★ • Aye, and Gomorrah • 1967 • SF short story by Samuel R. Delany • review 
  50. 534 • The Hall of Machines • (1968) • short story by Langdon Jones
  51. 542 • Soft Clocks • (1989) • short story by Yoshio Aramaki
  52. 557 • No Cracks or Sagging • [Moderan] • (1970) • short story by David R. Bunch
  53. 562 • New Kings Are Not for Laughing • [Moderan] • (1971) • short story by David R. Bunch
  54. 566 • The Flesh Man from Far Wide • [Moderan] • short story by David R. Bunch (variant of The Flesh-Man from Far Wide 1959)
  55. 569 • Let Us Save the Universe (An Open Letter from Ijon Tichy) • [Ijon Tichy] • short story by Stanisław Lem
  56. 577 • ★★★★☆ • Vaster Than Empires and More Slow • 1971 • SF novelette by Ursula K. Le Guin • review
  57. 596 • ★★★☆☆ • Good News from the Vatican • 1971 • SF short story by Robert Silverberg • review
  58. 602 • ★★★★★ • When It Changed • 1972 • Feministic short story by Joanna Russ • review
  59. 608 • ★★★★☆ • And I Awoke and Found Me Here on the Cold Hill’s Side • 1972 • SF short story by James Tiptree, Jr. • review
  60. 615 • Where Two Paths Cross • short story by Dmitri Bilenki
  61. 625 • Standing Woman • (1981) • short story by Yasutaka Tsutsui
  62. 632 • The IWM 1000 • short story by Alicia Yánez Cossío (trans. of La IWM mil 1975)
  63. 636 • ★★★☆☆ • The House of Compassionate Sharers • 1977 • SF novelette by Michael Bishop • review
  64. 655 • Sporting with the Chid • (1979) • short story by Barrington J. Bayley
  65. 667 • ★★★★+☆ • Sandkings • (1979) • novelette by George R. R. Martin
  66. 692 • Wives • (1979) • short story by Lisa Tuttle
  67. 699 • The Snake Who Had Read Chomsky • (1981) • novelette by Josephine Saxton
  68. 712 • Reiko’s Universe Box • (2007) • short story by Kajio Shinji
  69. 720 • ★★★★☆ • Swarm • 1982 • SF novelette by Bruce Sterling • review
  70. 736 • Mondocane • short story by Jacques Barbéri (trans. of Mondocane 1983)
  71. 740 • ★★★★☆ • Blood Music • 1983 • Near Future SF novelette by Greg Bear • review
  72. 755 • ★★★★★Bloodchild • 1984 • novelette by Octavia E. Butler • huge insects use human males as child bearers • review
  73. 768 • ★★★★★ Variation on a Man • 1984 • short story by Pat Cadigan • A musician got his mind stolen. Allie tries to cure him. • review
  74. 782 • Passing as a Flower in the City of the Dead • short story by Sharon N. Farber [as by S. N. Dyer]
  75. 794 • ★★★★☆ • New Rose Hotel • 1984 • Cyberpunk short story by William Gibson • a team extracts a genius scientist from a coporation to another one • review
  76. 802 • ★★★☆☆ •  Pots • 1985 • SF novelette by C. J. Cherryh • aliens find the origin world of an interstellar probe • review
  77. 820 • ★★★★☆ • Snow • 1985 • short story by John Crowley • review
  78. 830 • ★★★★☆ • The Lake Was Full of Artificial Things • 1985 • Time Travel short story by Karen Joy Fowler • review 
  79. 839 • The Unmistakable Smell of Wood Violets • short story by Angélica Gorodischer (trans. of El inconfundible aroma de las violetas silvestres 1991)
  80. 846 • The Owl of Bear Island • (1986) • short story by Jon Bing 
  81. 853 • Readers of the Lost Art • (1996) • short story by Élisabeth Vonarburg (trans. of La carte du Tendre 1986)
  82. 864 • A Gift from the Culture • [Culture] • (1987) • short story by Iain M. Banks
  83. 875 • Paranamanco • short story by Jean-Claude Dunyach (trans. of Paranamanco 2000)
  84. 886 • ★★★★☆ • Crying in the Rain • 1987 • Post apocalyptic short story by Tanith Lee • girl gets sold away to safety • review
  85. 897 • The Frozen Cardinal • (1987) • short story by Michael Moorcock
  86. 905 • Rachel in Love • (1987) • novelette by Pat Murphy
  87. 924 • Sharing Air • (1984) • short story by Manjula Padmanabhan
  88. 928 • Schwarzschild Radius • (1987) • short story by Connie Willis
  89. 940 • All the Hues of Hell • (1987) • short story by Gene Wolfe
  90. 949 • Vacuum States • (1988) • short story by Geoffrey A. Landis
  91. 955 • Two Small Birds • short story by Han Son
  92. 961 • Burning Sky • (1989) • short story by Rachel Pollack
  93. 969 • ★★★☆☆ • Before I Wake • 1989 • short story by Kim Stanley Robinson • people switch between dreaming and waking • review
  94. 977 • Death Is Static Death Is Movement • short story by Misha [as by Misha Nogha]
  95. 991 • The Brains of Rats • (1986) • short story by Michael Blumlein
  96. 1002 • Gorgonoids • short fiction by Leena Krohn
  97. 1008 • Vacancy for the Post of Jesus Christ • short story by Kojo Laing
  98. 1016 • ★★★☆☆ • The Universe of Things • 1993 • First Contact short story by Gwyneth Jones • a mechanic repairs an alien’s car • review
  99. 1024 • ★★★★☆ • The Remoras • 1994 • Transhuman novelette by Robert Reed • review 
  100. 1044 • The Ghost Standard • (1994) • short story by William Tenn
  101. 1051 • Remnants of the Virago Crypto-System • (1995) • short story by Geoffrey Maloney
  102. 1056 • How Alex Became a Machine • novelette by Stepan Chapman
  103. 1076 • The Poetry Cloud • short story by Cixin Liu 
  104. 1097 ★★★★★ • “Story of Your Life” • (1998) • novella by Ted Chiang • first contact, linguistics • review
  105. 1126 • ★★★★☆ • Craphound • 1998 • Space Western short story by Cory Doctorow • looting yard sales with an alien • review
  106. 1138 • The Slynx (excerpt) • short fiction by Tatyana Tolstaya
  107. 1146 • Baby Doll • (2007) • novelette by Johanna Sinisalo

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